Lists: Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Crime / Heist, Dark comedy, Best Picture nominee 1990 to 1999

Brief Synopsis: "Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start dying. Enter Police Chief Marge, a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing - and extremely pregnant - investigator who'll stop at nothing to get her man. And if you think her small-time investigative skills will give the crooks a run for their ransom... you betcha!"

Overall Ranking: 229 (Rank from 1996: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 69.23%
Regular 30.77%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Jay of Life Vs Film100(full review)
Patrick Devitt100
Gorgon Reviews99
David Baruffi97(full review)
Cassidy Haynes92
Today I Watched A Movie90(full review)
Harvey Gardner90 - Just watched the film 'Fargo' for the first time, in prep for the television show remake airing tomorrow. It was absolutely great, with fab performances all round, especially from Francis McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi. How it deals with morality is extraordinary, and the way the Coens present each character as a piece of every persons moral compass is intelligent and impressive. It also makes the characters relateable. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but it does in my strange brain. Also, it's generally just a great murder-mystery. 9/10
Rob from GuysFilmQuest85
Jim Carrier85 - From the brilliant minds of Joel & Ethan Coen, this keys in on a good guy, who is an idiot husband that can't stand his wife who comes from a wealthy family. He's miserable & wants to get rid of her. He hires two idiot henchmen & who were bigger idiots than he was & everything unravels as he tries to get rid of his wife while police officer Marge Gunderson tries to get to the bottom of it. Great movie.
Thomas Pollock80
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Dave Examines Movies71(full review)
Bryan Lienesch70 - The Coen brothers' 'Fargo' is an enigma: not funny enough to be a real comedy, not serious enough to be a decent drama, and nowhere close to neatly fitting into any other genre.

People Involved

  • William H. Macy (Jerry Lundegaard)
  • Frances McDormand (Marge Gunderson)
  • Steve Buscemi (Carl Showalter)
  • Peter Stormare (Gaear Grimsrud)
  • Kristin Rudrüd (Jean Lundegaard)
  • Harve Presnell (Wade Gustafson)
  • Tony Denman (Scotty Lundegaard)
  • Gary Houston (Irate Customer)
  • John Carroll Lynch (Norm Gunderson)
  • Sally Wingert (Irate Customers Wife)
  • Steve Reevis (Shep Proudfoot)
  • Steve Park (Mike Yanagita)
  • Joel Coen (Director)